noun, often attributive
\ ˈstär How to pronounce star (audio) \

Definition of star

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night
b : a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions
2a(1) : a planet or a configuration of the planets that is held in astrology to influence one's destiny or fortune usually used in plural
(2) : a waxing or waning fortune or fame her star was rising
b obsolete : destiny
3a : a conventional figure with five or more points that represents a star especially : asterisk
b : an often star-shaped ornament or medal worn as a badge of honor, authority, or rank or as the insignia of an order
c : one of a group of conventional stars used to place something in a scale of value
4 : something resembling a star was hit on the head and saw stars
5a : the principal member of a theatrical or operatic company who usually plays the chief roles
b : a highly publicized theatrical or motion-picture performer
c : an outstandingly talented performer a track star
d : a person who is preeminent in a particular field


starred; starring; stars

Definition of star (Entry 2 of 3)

1a intransitive : to play the most prominent or important role in a movie, play, etc. an actor currently starring in a hit Broadway show She had a starring role in his latest film. (figurative) Tequila and blood oranges star in this Margarita, which gets a spicy kick from homemade jalapeño syrup.— Natalie Migliarini
b transitive : to feature (a performer) in the most prominent or important role a movie that stars a famous stage personality
2 intransitive : to perform outstandingly In the fall of 1925, Elkins starred on the gridiron …— Bil Gilbert [Alan] Trammell, who starred for the Tigers at shortstop during the glory days of the 1980s …— Jeff Bradley
3 transitive
a : to mark with a star as being superior or preeminent in some way a monument starred in the guidebook a starred review
b : to mark with an asterisk
4 transitive : to sprinkle or adorn with or as if with stars … meadows starred with buttercups and daisies.— Kenneth Roberts



Definition of star (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or being a star received star billing
2 : of outstanding excellence : preeminent a star athlete

Other Words from star


starless \ ˈstär-​ləs How to pronounce star (audio) \ adjective
starlike \ ˈstär-​ˌlīk How to pronounce star (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for star

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of star in a Sentence

Noun They gazed up at the stars. There are billions of stars in the universe. I'm glad we didn't use the tent. It's so much nicer to sleep outside under the stars. The restaurant was awarded four stars for excellence. Critics give the movie three stars. Verb The new television series stars a famous movie actress. a concert starring some of the biggest names in the business He starred in both baseball and football when he was in college. She starred for the basketball team last year. This restaurant is starred in the guidebook. Adjective looking for star actors to play the leads See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enjoy our June/July cover star, Chlöe Bailey, breaking down her best looks: Our bad! Gabi Thorne, Allure, 20 May 2022 But rather than burn out like some who become celebrities at an early age, his star is glowing all the brighter. Lauren Daley,, 19 May 2022 Perhaps not realizing they were acquainted, the South African director, known for Moffie and recent Sundance hit Living, first asked Mescal to about his potential co-star. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Her co-star in the film is Joe Alwyn, Taylor Swift’s boyfriend. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 But, to his credit, Lillard did show improvement on defense under first-year coach Chauncey Billups, who challenged his star to take that end of the court seriously. oregonlive, 16 May 2022 Caverly will try to maneuver to land a spot alongside his co-star, but his chances are improving as the season treks along. Clayton Davis, Variety, 16 May 2022 Harry's House, Styles' third album, is a pop album because of the stature of its star. Maura Johnston,, 16 May 2022 Dua Lipa, currently on her worldwide tour for Future Nostalgia, is our June/July cover star. Sam Sussman, Vogue, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her media profile rose so high that she was even hired to star in a pantyhose commercial. Martin Fridson, Forbes, 16 May 2022 On screen, she had been slated to star as Janis Joplin but revealed that the film has yet to secure financing, and to appear in Todd Haynes’ biopic about the singer Peggy Lee. Brent Lang, Variety, 11 May 2022 Fans were totally right about Patrick Stewart appearing as an alternate Professor X, but totally wrong about Tom Cruise — who had once been slated to star as Iron Man years before Robert Downey Jr. — showing up as an alternate Iron Man. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2022 After eight seasons playing sage father figure/detective Joe West on The Flash, the actor is stepping down from being a series regular to star in a new NBC pilot. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 13 Apr. 2022 Following his role in Ambulance, Jake is next set to star in Guy Ritchie's The Interpreter, sci-fi thriller The Division, miniseries The Son, and the drama Suddenly. Nicholas Rice,, 10 Apr. 2022 Earlier this week, Banks opened up to about choosing to star in the campaign due to her appreciation of the brand's mission to empower women of all body sizes. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Apr. 2022 The bottom line is that the Turkish drones continue to star in videos shared across Twitter and other social media platforms that feature them blowing Russian vehicles to smithereens. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 Then, in August 2019, Disney began negotiating with Ewan McGregor to star in an Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective More details were revealed by Coughlan and her co-star Luke Newton, who plays Colin, via Netflix shortly after the event, including the reason for the change in the running order. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 22 May 2022 But Leto has high praise for everyone involved with the series, particularly his co-star Hathaway. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 19 May 2022 In a plot that's a cross between Who Framed Roger Rabbit (who makes an appearance) and 2011's The Muppets, the Rescue Rangers reunite after 30 years when toons start disappearing, including their former co-star Gadget. Lauren Morgan,, 13 May 2022 Bob Lanier, the star big man acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks midway through the 1979-80 season who led the team to five division titles, died Tuesday at age 73 after a short illness. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 In 2017, her co-star Kyle Richards was the victim of a similar crime. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 At that event were Bleat director Yorgos Lanthimos and Stone's co-star Damien Bonnard. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 8 May 2022 What could make the Thompson Denver stand out from other boutique hotels in the area is the food and beverage program, spearheaded by Michelin-star French chef Ludo Lefebvre. Rachel King, Fortune, 7 May 2022 Additionally, the traction is a star highlight with this pair of waterproof hikers. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of star


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 4


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for star


Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; akin to Old High German sterno star, Latin stella, Greek astēr, astron

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\ ˈstär How to pronounce star (audio) \

Kids Definition of star

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of the heavenly bodies except planets which are visible at night and look like fixed points of light
2 : a figure or object with five or more points that represents or suggests a star in the sky
3 : a very talented or popular performer a movie star
4 : a planet that is believed in astrology to influence someone's life She was born under a lucky star.
5 : the principal member of a theater or opera company


starred; starring

Kids Definition of star (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to mark with a star or an asterisk as being special or very good
2 : to present in the role of a star The show stars my favorite actor.
3 : to play the most important role She will star in a new play.
4 : to perform in an outstanding manner She starred in soccer this season.



Kids Definition of star (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : being favored or very popular the teacher's star pupil a star athlete
2 : being of outstanding excellence a star chef

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